A pair of another relatively new exclusive Sanmar/Robert Allan design were ordered by Abu Dhabi Ports, during the SeaTrade Offshore Marine & Workboats Middle East Exhibition and Conference (SOMWE – 26th September 2017). The first vessel, Yenicay VI, has arrived its new home with SAFEEN (Abu Dhabi Marine Services). The second identical sister will be entering service in early 2018.
Two factors influenced the decision. Not only has SAFEEN already been operating a Yenicay Class vessel which has proved highly successful over the past year but prompt delivery was key – quick availability of a design that had already been proven in the local conditions was a ‘no-brainer’.
Yenicay VI and Yenicay VII are ASD configuration with dimensions measuring 18.7m x 9.2m and utilise Caterpillar C32 main engines each developing 969kW at 1,800 rev/min. These drive Veth VZ-900 azimuthing stern thrusters. This arrangement gives a bollard pull of 33.71 tonnes and a speed ahead of around 12 knots.
The Yenicay class of compact tugs have been specifically designed to provide high performance line and ship handing capabilities typical in smaller ports and harbours. In addition, provided with upgraded seawater cooling and HVAC these vessels will ensure reliability and crew comfort during the extremely high ambient air and seawater conditions faced in the Middle East.
Sanmar is both an operator and a quality tug builder. It has two custom built modern covered shipyards and has an international reputation adding 40 years of operational experience to the acclaimed design skills of Robert Allan.Ltd. The Sanmar portfolio is the largest avilable with many exclusive models and the reference list now contains over 180 tugs.